It must be said that this years Chelsea flower show was one of the best we have ever seen. From environmentally conscious rain gardens to a floral gorilla concocted from dried petals, the level of creativity featured in this years show was nothing short of spectacular. So, let us take you through some of the most inspiring garden displays and explain how you can create a similar look in your garden.
Winner of best show Garden – The Laurent-Perrier Garden designed by Luciano Giubbilei
Luciano featured a perfect blend of texture, light and geometric layout to create a stunning garden which seemed to incorporate the most important elements of nature. The fluid movement of the water feature contrasts again the block stone and wood aspect, giving the garden an overall sense of balance. The most eye catching aspect of the garden is the roughly hewn cedar sculpture which sits beautifully like a work of art in the confines of its surroundings. If you have been inspired but this masterpiece of the elements, we have the perfect addition for your garden, a driftwood round table. This hand crafted piece is a contemporary designed table which is more of a talking point then furniture with purpose. The driftwood table would look perfect on a decked or stone paved garden.
Gold Winner – The Telegraph Garden designed by Tommaso del Buono & Paul Gazerwitz (del Buono Gazerwitz)
A modern garden designed with an Italian flare for style and symmetry. What really stands out in this beautiful garden is the re-imagining of traditional elements which have been morphed into a thoroughly modern look. The chairs featured in the Telegraph garden would not look out of place in a modern gallery, they are for all intents and purposes, the cutting edge of futuristic design. If you are a fan of the contemporary look then take a look at the Matahari Rattan Chair, this round moon designed chair has a classic structure but modern design to blend past and present together perfectly.
Gold Winner – The M&G Garden designed by Cleve West
The inspiration for this unique space was taken from the paradise garden, an invention of the Persian empire 2,000 years ago. In such spaces water, shade and planting are all used to create a place of sanctuary and contemplation. The trees around the central water feature are representations of the four elements; earth, air, fire and water, the equilibrium of nature working together to create harmony. This truly would be a garden of quiet reflection, a place to relax in away from the burdens of the outside world. To create a more homely version of this garden we would suggest a beautiful outdoor rug in Bali design. Made from recycled materials it would fit nicely into a garden inspired by nature.
Silver Gilt Winner – The Viking Cruises Norse Garden designed by Sadie May Stowell (Sadie May Studios Ltd)
This iconic garden was designed to encompass the spirit of the Viking Age and the many maritime journeys of wonder and amazement. Every aspect of this garden is designed to complement another, from the awe inspiring Viking ship to the rune stones leading through the garden and the ripping water located between the stones as a means of connection. A garden such as this needs to have a defined focal point and so we would recommend a Rose Ocean Wave Hut Rattan Daybed to recreate a garden like the Viking Cruises Norse Garden. The daybed takes inspiration from the sea and really does embody innovation and quality.
Best Artisan Garden Winner – Le tour de Yorkshire designed by Alistair W Baldwin
A topical garden designed to encapsulate the landscapes of rural and urban Yorkshire which will feature in the Tour de France Grand Depart 2014 route. The well displayed plants represent the rural side of the North York Moors whilst the boulders and dish of water depict the urban part of the landscape bringing together the two opposing sides of Yorkshire in one stunning garden. Yorkshire is a wonderful part of Britain and provides a lot of inspiration for gardeners up and down the country. The abundance of nature and open space provides the freedom needed for creativity. If you want to inject a little northern nature into your garden why not try a beautiful Hedgehog Designed Hanging Basket Bracket. A garden piece which incorporates nature whilst displaying life in bloom.
Herefordshire Heron Weathervane
Also making a stunning display at this years RHS flower show was the Heron weathervane which was used to represent Herefordshire at the competition. Placed atop the show’s Khora Domed glass roof, and designed by british artist Louis Calmel it was a wonder the weather vane made a showing at all as it was specifically created for the event. Read more at the Hereford Times.
Of course, Cuckooland have the UKs largest collection of bespoke weathervanes, and are able to create a bespoke model to your specifications. Check out some of the more unusual weathervane creations here.
We have featured a small selection of the Chelsea Flower Show 2014 winning gardens and there are many more to inspire you here http://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show/awards Your garden is not just an extensive of your home but yourself, so be creativity in the design and layout. Cuckooland has a wide selection of quirky and unique garden accessories to really make your garden stand out from the crowd